The following case studies outline the popular applications of our Gatorshield® product.

Fabric Covered Buildings

Fabric Covered BuildingProblem

A North American fabric building manufacturer needed tubing that was not only strong, but fabricated without degrading the coating. They also needed a single supplier who could meet the sizing requirements of different building designs.


Allied Tube & Conduit®’s Gatorshield® in-line galvanized tubing. The availability in a number of OD and gauge combinations, used in conjunction with specific steel grades, allows the tube to meet certain strength requirements. The Gatorshield® product demonstrated its ability to be fabricated by keeping the coating intact after bending, cutting or swaging. The end result was a leaner supply chain that produces fabric buildings more efficiently. Gatorshield® tubing from Allied Tube & Conduit® is a preferred choice for fabric covered structures, since the industry’s early days for two simple reasons. First, no other tube provides the advantages that are an integral part of the Gatorshield® brand. Secondly, it is time-tested and proven in mechanical and structural applications ranging across 60+ industries.

Solar Solutions


A large scale commercial and utility solar systems provider needed high strength tubing for their panel mounting structure. They also required a fully fabricated part, delivered directly to the job site. Since the project installation site could be located anywhere in the US, the tube needed to be resistant to various types of corrosive environments.


Allied Tube & Conduit®’s Gatorshield® in-line galvanized tubing was the ideal solution for this solar systems provider. We were able to provide a large OD, heavy gauge and long length tube using a higher carbon steel that met the customer’s specific strength requirement. With our secondary fabrication capabilities, we were able to provide a component directly to the job site. Since the wall thickness and length requirements of the tubes could change based on the installation site, the flexibility of our secondary fabrication plant allowed us to deliver the site specific part to the appropriate job site, on-time, for an efficient, cost effective installation. The Gatorshield® product with its smooth, consistent galvanized coating provided unmatched corrosion protection and the coating stayed intact after drilling, cutting and swaging.

Greenhouse Structures

Shelter SolutionsProblem

Needed tubing that had the strength to meet the buildings structural requirements yet had the corrosion resistance for the harsh greenhouse environment.


The manufacturer found that Gatorshield® in-line galvanized steel tubing was manufactured with a unique combination of strength and corrosion resistance. Salt spray testing proved that the in-line galvanizing process and extra layer of zinc coating (when compared to the Allied Flo-coat product) made Gatorshield® the superior product in the marketplace. This blend of characteristics made it the product of choice for structural framework.

The Allied Gatorshield® product provided the strength necessary to meet the manufacturer’s structural requirements. The availability in different OD & gauge combinations allowed the manufacturer to use a specific size for their strength requirements.